Disability Rights North Carolina

Introduction

Accessible Absentee Ballot Now Available

Accessible Absentee Ballot Now Available

If you follow us on Facebook, you will know that DRNC, along with several other disability advocates, won a lawsuit to make absentee ballots accessible to blind voters. Voters who use screen readers are now able to vote using the accessible ballot during the 2020 General Election if they requested it before October 28.

This system is new and we want to make sure it is as easy as possible to use. So we created these instructions for you to use while voting.

If you have any trouble with casting your accessible ballot, or need to report any issues, please call our intake staff at 919-856-2195 or email us at intake@disabilityrightsnc.org. For all other voting issues, please use our voting hotline at 1-888-WEVOTE-2 (1-888-938-6832).

How to vote using the accessible ballot:

  • Once you have received a notification that your ballot is ready, click on this link: https://votebymail.ncsbe.gov/app/ada/lookup.
  • Enter your voter identification information and select continue.
  • Read the instructions for completing the ballot.
  • Select a candidate by selecting the checkbox for the candidate’s name.
  • Remove a selection by selecting  the checked box again.
  • Vote for a qualified write-in candidate who is not listed on the ballot by selecting the checkbox for WRITE-IN. Then type the candidate’s name in the space.

Get a Witness/Assistant Signature

As with a paper mail-in ballot, you will need someone to serve as a witness for the electronic absentee ballot. That person needs to complete the Witness Section completely.

If you have any help with filling out the ballot, indicate that as well and fill out the Voter Assistance Section completely.

  • Review the Voter’s Signature page and sign and fill it out completely.
  • Review the Witness Signature page completely and have the witness provide a signature.
  • Review the Voter Assistance Signature page and have the person helping you sign that page. That person must sign this page even if they were also the witness.
  • The same person can witness and assist with your ballot.

Learn more about your voting rights.

 

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